Our teeth can be picky when it comes to what is and isn’t good for them. Far pickier than we would like. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have so many items of food and drink that we love but our teeth hate. A lot of this has to do with sugar. Our brains love sugar, and our teeth hate it. It triggers all sorts of enjoyable chemical reactions for us to experience. Unfortunately, it also feeds the tooth-decaying bacteria that live in our mouths.

When it comes to selecting foods and beverages based on what’s detrimental to our teeth and what isn’t, it’s important to remember that not only do our bodies need some amounts of sugar but also that our teeth can be incredibly resilient so long as we clean them regularly. Letting sugar sit on the teeth is a leading cause of tooth decay. And no, you don’t need to avoid sugar to avoid this toothless fate. Simply make sure that you are brushing and flossing twice a day and that you are going in for a Tulsa teeth cleaning twice a year.

In general, the foods and drinks that do the most damage to our teeth fall into two categories. Those that are sugary and those that are acidic. Now, there’s no reason these two can’t overlap, and indeed they often do. For instance, most forms of soda are both high in sugar and quite acidic. Another fantastic example of this combination is orange juice. Beverages are more likely to be high in acidity than foods, but there are some examples within those as well.

Many fruits are acidic, making them both high in sugar and acidity. While fruit is fantastic for our bodies, they can be terrible for our teeth if we skimp on our daily cleanings. Tomato products are another example of high-acidity foods, and this is one that is present in many types of meals. Add to that the sugar that is added for flavor and you end up with another example of the feared tooth-eating combination.

Beyond simple cleanings, there are some things we can do to negate or mitigate the potential damages of these foods and beverages. Balancing acidic foods with more neutral ones during the same meal can help to reduce the practical level of acidity while the food is in your mouth. This is because the two extremes of acidity will counter each other and result in a ph level closer to the middle. For both drinks and foods, we can drink plenty of water and swish it around in our mouths. This helps to remove the harmful sugars and acidity from our teeth and gums.

At the end of the day, what we eat and drink is largely constrained by where and how we live. Commercial entities provide most of our food, and they produce and distribute what sells. In general, what sells is what we like. And what we like is usually what we enjoy. We do take into account what’s good for us, increasingly so, but this consistently falls lower on our priorities than what tastes good to us. But don’t stress too much about it. As long as you brush and floss twice a day and get that twice-yearly Tulsa teeth cleaning, then your teeth should hold up just fine. Schedule a Tulsa teeth cleaning today and put your teeth in the expert’s hands.